I love it here in NH. I escaped from MA a year or so after I met my (now) Mrs. Butler. So many things are so much easier in NH then they were in MA. Other than your drivers license, it’s rare to have to visit the DMV, though you’ll probably spend some time there the first time you register a car, or transfer your license.
*1 - No income tax as long as you work, **and **live in NH. If you work in MA or ME (I think the Portsmouth Naval Base pays out of NH, which has caused much conflict for Naval personnel, if I remember the few articles I’ve read on it.
*2 - Salt water permits are coming… federal regulations are driving this change nationwide. It’s starting out with a “registration program,” but will move to a standard license type. Details on the NH Fish & Game site here.
Are the highways cleared well when it snows?
I find very little problem with the snow plowing in the Southern NH area. Local pockets, and residential streets get the short end of the stick, and will be done last.
**We’re looking at buying a house about 35 miles from where my husband will be working (up in Milton). It will be freeway all the way, but is it insane to try to drive that in the winter? **
Rt 16 doesn’t go to 1 lane each way for quite a while. I think Milton is either in the 2 lane parts, or traffic will generally be light enough to not make a difference. Except on Friday afternoon heading North, or Sunday AM heading south during the summer. It’s a highway speed road, so shouldn’t be too much of an impact.
**Air conditioning. Do houses usually have it up there, or do the summers not get hot enough to bother? **
This year was very cool, and we used our AC a half a dozen times or so. A window unit in our bedroom, and another in the main living space worked for us. Newest houses often have central AC, older ones probably won’t. There are new AC units though, that require very little additional work to run the coolant lines.
And basements–I’ve noticed they don’t seem particularly common, although the are in (also cold) Wisconsin. Is that because of a high water table issue, or what?
I can’t say though I’ve ever seen a house without one. It was a big shock to me to find that houses in NC didn’t have them, when we were investigating a move to the NC area. I couldn’t live without one, as I need the storage, and my Cape Cod style home doesn’t have an attic.
Food: How’s the restaurant scene?
Anything is available, though may require a small drive.
I have a 35 mile commute from Sandown NH to Merrimack NH each day. 1/2 highway, 1/2 secondary roads. 45 minutes, and I think this is just right. I get some decompression time in each direction. YMMV for a multitude of reasons. Personally, I think Milton would be a great choice. Close to the lake area, and lots of outdoor opportunities in the area, and still has good access to the more urban areas of Concord, Manchester, Portsmouth, Portland, and Boston.
Some fireworks are legal. I’ve not found a place selling bottle rockets, or firecrackers out the front door. They sell things that make sparks, and whistles, but nothing that goes “bang.”
Property taxes -
Higher rates in therms of rate per thousand, but the house values are much lower, so come in very much in line (or in many cases lower) than those in MA.